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Harrisville man admits to driving into bar, other truck

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LOWVILLE — A Harrisville man admitted Friday in Lewis County Court to driving a stolen vehicle into a bar and another vehicle in March 2011.

Kriss A. Whitney, 45, Steam Mill Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and single counts of third-degree burglary and third- and fourth-degree grand larceny. The plea also satisfied charges of second-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree criminal mischief that were lodged against him. Sentencing was set for July 13.

Mr. Whitney was accused on March 24, 2011, of stealing a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck owned by Thomas Chartrand and repeatedly driving it into the Trackside Tavern on Depot Street in Harrisville, as well as into a 2000 Dodge Dakota being driven by Thomas Manchester on Depot Street. Damage was listed at $12,315.05 to the bar’s door, window, porch and various interior items and at $6,300 to the stolen truck.

Mr. Whitney also faces various charges in St. Lawrence County stemming from a police chase there following the Lewis County incidents. He has since been held in St. Lawrence County jail, Canton.

Also in Lewis County Court on Friday:

Frank D. Snyder, 41, of 410 N. Main St., Mannsville, was arraigned on a charge of third-degree burglary and pleaded guilty. Sentencing was set for July 13. Mr. Snyder was accused of, on Oct. 12, stealing two dump truck rear ends, a backhoe bucket and a truck tailgate from a building owned by Terry Groff in the town of Denmark.

Richard J. Olson Jr., 34, of 10265 Plank Road, Copenhagen, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, $200 in court fees and forfeiture of all guns and ammunition on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, to which he pleaded guilty March 23. Mr. Olson was accused of illegally possessing four handguns Aug. 12 in the town of Denmark.

Michael E. Enslow, 34, of 5656 Maple Ave., Lowville, had sentencing on a charge of second-degree strangulation adjourned to June 1. He was accused in connection with a July 8 assault on Lori Snyder in the town of Martinsburg.

Tiffany V. Thompson, 30, Carthage, had sentencing on charges of fifth-degree welfare fraud and fourth-degree insurance fraud adjourned to June 15. Ms. Thompson was accused of receiving, on Aug. 31, $1,172.08 in Medicaid and food stamp benefits to which she was not entitled and with receiving, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15, $1,072.81 to which she was not entitled from Peerless Insurance by getting medication covered by Medicaid, then altering the receipts to file claims with Peerless.

Robert G. Campany, 38, of 9496 Erie Canal Road, Croghan, had sentencing on a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny adjourned to June 15. Mr. Campany was accused of stealing a pair of rifles belonging to Jeanette Flynn on Jan. 10 and 11 in the town of Watson.

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